MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Being a senior NFL prospect does have some perks.
While many of the likely top draft picks are underclassmen, their slightly older counterparts get a week at the Senior Bowl to showcase their talents before a few hundred NFL coaches, executives and scouts.
They also get the chance to make a good impression in face-to-face meetings.
Saturday's game almost certainly won't feature three top-5 picks like 2012. Those slots are likely reserved for juniors.
Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage says there could be some players who work their way into the first round of May's draft. The former Cleveland Browns general manager says NFL teams "are going to know these players better than the junior who just declared, who they've got to figure out in the next three months."